Are you looking to wean your infant soon? Do you plan to introduce some top feed to your infant once you reduce his breastfeeding? Would you like to introduce him to some natural milk and not formula feeds? Are you thinking about whether you can introduce goat milk to your infant and how to go about it?
If you are planning any of the above, read our post. Here we look at how goat’s milk affects your infant.
Is Goat’s Milk Safe For Your Infant?
Most parents start introducing cow’s milk to the infant, once they reduce the breast feeds. In some cultures, the best choice of milk is goat’s milk, and not cow’s milk. The trend is catching on of late, with many parents choosing to give goat’s milk to their infant as a first new milk option.
Advantages Of Goat’s Milk For Your Infant:
Once your infant is six months of age, you can switch him to other forms of milk and your breast milk. As with any other food or liquid that you will introduce to him, it is important to take your pediatrician’s approval first.
Before you choose goat milk for your infant, make sure that you choose a pasteurized variant. It destroys any bacteria and is easier for your infant to digest.
Here are some of the advantages of goat milk has, and that he may benefit from:
1. Contains Proteins That Are Less Allergenic:
Whenever your infant drinks milk, the proteins in the milk tend to concentrate in the belly.
- In some time, the protein turns into curd. The curd from the protein will be easier for him to digest if it is softer and smaller. The protein that accumulates in his stomach after drinking goat’s milk turns into soft and small curd. It makes it easier for him to digest.
- Cow milk often has allergens that affect your infant negatively. Drinking goat milk will not create any such problems for him, as it barely has any allergens. Even if he does not like cow milk, drinking goat’s milk will create no problems.
2. Has More Digestible Fat:
The fatty acid chains in milk determine how well your infant will digest a certain type of milk.
- The fatty acid chains in goat’s milk are short or medium, and will be easier for him to digest.
- In comparison, cow’s milk has longer chains. It takes more time to travel through his digestive system and is difficult to digest.
3. Contains Comparatively Less Lactose:
Goat’s milk contains comparatively less lactose than cow’s milk.
- If your infant is lactose intolerant, drinking goat milk will be much easier for him as compared to cow’s milk.
- Goat’s milk has much lower levels of lactose. If you do know that he is lactose intolerant, check with the pediatrician before you feed him goat’s milk, as even the small amount of lactose may cause problems in some infants.
Tips To Remember While Choosing Goat Milk:
Here are a few things you should remember before choosing goat milk for your infant:
- Always go for the goat milk option that contains folic acid.
- Read the labels to check for formulas on goat’s milk that is hypoallergenic, to reduce any chances of an allergy.
- Watch out for any discomfort or allergy that your infant may show after drinking goat’s milk. In most cases, the allergy will show up immediately. Sometimes, it may take a few days to show up though. (1)
Breast milk is the only food your infant should have for the six months of life. Speak to the pediatrician when you want to make the transition to goat milk and choose wisely.
Did you give goat’s milk to your infant? How did he react to it? Tell us below.
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